JBS finances the operation of telehealth clinics in remote communities in Amazonas
Resources allocated to the “SUS na Floresta” project, from the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS), enable the operation of 62 telehealth stations in 25 municipalities in the state.
JBS’s social responsibility program, Fazer o Bem Faz Bem – Feeding the World with Solidarity, donated R$2 million to health actions to combat the pandemic and health actions in Amazonas. Around 5,600 people, who live far from health services in urban centers, benefit from the “SUS na Floresta” project, coordinated by the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS).
“In addition to offering health care to the population at this delicate time we are facing, the project leaves a permanent legacy for communities, which have little access to health services. Through this donation, we were able to contribute to adapting the health system to the reality of people living in the region”, says Fernando Meller, manager of the Fazer o Bem Faz Bem program.
The resources donated by the Fazer o Bem Faz Bem program were allocated to the operation of 62 telehealth clinics for rural communities in Amazonas, totaling 25 municipalities served. The donation also includes the training of health agents, through distance learning courses for 150 instructors on health, hygiene and food safety topics. 55 community and indigenous agents will also be trained to serve remote communities and another 25 community health agents will be trained to provide maternal and child health care.
In addition, the resources will contribute to facilitating access to urgent and emergency transport services in municipal headquarters through the provision of eight thousand liters of fuel for the emergency transport of ambulanchas – aluminum canoes equipped with stretchers, necessary for the transport of patients by rivers and streams and used by community health agents to visit families in the region – in 20 rural communities.
“Donations like the one from JBS are important, because they allow action on three fundamental fronts in health care: the implementation and operation of telehealth stations, facilitating access to means of transport so that the population can be served, in addition to training of health professionals”, says Luiz Castro, coordinator of the “Health in the Forest” program at FAS.
JBS’ support also promotes coordination with strategic municipalities in Amazonas to strengthen the implementation of the SUS in the region, with the development of nine action plans for action. In addition to contributing to the improvement of public health policies for people residing in remote areas.
Doing Good is Good – Feeding the World with Solidarity
Across Brazil, Fazer o Bem Faz Bem allocated R$400 million to initiatives against the pandemic in more than 300 cities, in 26 States and the Federal District. The estimate is that more than 77 million people will benefit from the actions.
The program’s resources were applied on three fronts: health, social assistance and science. The allocation of resources considered a diagnosis made with municipal and state health systems and included interviews and data analysis. This information was evaluated by experts from the three independent committees of the JBS program in the areas of health, social and science and who, with extensive experience in their respective sectors of activity, supported the definition of the actions and projects covered.
Fazer o Bem Faz Bem has already enabled the construction of two permanent hospitals, in addition to the delivery of 88 ambulances, more than 560 respirators, more than 1,600 multiparameter monitors, 19 million pieces of PPE, in addition to 575 thousand basic food baskets, among others items. 15 renovation and expansion works on health units were also carried out and the program supported 39 scientific and technological research on Covid-19.
In addition, JBS contributed R$5 million to the construction of the new vaccine factory at the Butantan Institute, in São Paulo, and donated 400 oxygen cylinders to combat the public health crisis that affected Manaus at the beginning of this year.
Find out more about the program on the website jbs.com.br/fazerobemfazbem.
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